Battered Tigers irked by Southern unity against terrorism
LTTE targeted Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera for a long
This country has already experienced situations in which the LTTE
has made use of volatile situations of this nature to accomplish their
terror plans. Onall these occasions the politicians had hair splitting
arguments to prove that their main opponents were behind such
assassinations but ultimately it was the LTTE which had always been
behind those assassinations
It has been a proven fact that the LTTE never tolerated any unity in
the Southern polity. Their attempts always aimed at disturbing the South
once they observed signs that the South is uniting against LTTE
terrorism. The LTTE observed that Southern polity is reaching towards
consensus at this decisive juncture as the military defeat of the LTTE
Though many politicians cry foul about military successes to appease
their disgruntled political leaders, they are supportive of the military
successes against the LTTE.
The politicians who are supportive of defeating the LTTE militarily,
at this juncture, cannot wait silently without coming out with their
feelings towards the war heroes sacrificing their lives and limbs for
the sake of their Motherland, finally to see an end to decades long
terrorism in the country.
They were to come out of their narrow cells and extend their support
openly within the past few weeks as they realised that the military
successes in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu front were not mere
successes highlighted only through Government media but realistic
victories achieved by the Security Forces under the correct political
leadership given to them by this Government.
headway on Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu fronts Pic. by Rukmal
Politicians like Sajith Premadasa, who was one of the victims of the
LTTE terrorism when his father, former President Ranasinghe Premadasa
was assassinated by a suicide cadre, openly expressed the view that the
main Opposition should extend their support for the Security Forces’
effort to defeat LTTE.
In the same way many politicians, who were critical of Government
efforts to defeat LTTE militarily in many ways extended their
unconditional support to the Security Forces.
It was a time the politicians were ready to shed their differences at
least for the sake of the country with the genuine support of the common
masses, and were humble enough at least to visit the war heroes
undergoing treatment at hospitals.
This was not a good sign for the LTTE which is now desperately
hanging on to the support of the Tamil Nadu politicians who are engaged
in various campaigns to exert pressure on the central government of
India to stop the military thrust on the LTTE by the Sri Lankan
It was in such a background that the unfortunate incident took place
in the sacred city of Anuradhapura on October 6 at 8.45 a.m. in which
one of the brave officers who served in the Army fighting fearlessly
against the LTTE, fell victim to one of the Tiger suicide cadres along
with several other UNP politicians.
Major General (Rtd) Janaka Perera who was the Opposition leader of
the North Central Provincial Council and his wife Wajira Perera who was
also an ex-officer of the first battalion of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s
Corps, Raja Johnpulle, the UNP Manger in the Anuradhapura district and
his wife Jenita Johnpulle, NCP Councillor Sunil Dissanayake, A.C.S
Hameed and his wife were among the 27 people who fell victim to the
suicide bomber who rushed into the opening ceremony of the Anuradhapura
district UNP office at a time the participants were ready for
refreshments on the invitation of Major General Janaka Perera.
Janaka Perera was a long awaited target of the LTTE from his precious
days in the Army as a young officer and as a General as he gave a hard
time for the LTTE. A tip off given to him by a civilian made him one of
the biggest war heroes in Lankan military history with the ambush laid
by the Army surrounding the 223 Brigade in Weli Oya.
More than 500 Tiger cadres were killed in this confrontation with
troops recovering more than 400 bodies of the Tiger cadres who came to
overrun the Weli Oya Brigade in June 1995.
That was most probably the single largest recovery of Tiger bodies by
the Security Forces in the three decades long conflict in the country.
Apart from this Major General Janaka Perera was also instrumental in
stopping the Tiger attempt to overrun Jaffna in 2000.
But the LTTE waited for their mission till the most unexpected time
to take his life. For the LTTE assassinating Janaka Perera was a multi
On one hand it had taken one of their long-awaited targets and on the
other, they are giving a warning for the politicians who are trying to
extend their support to Government efforts to defeat the LTTE militarily
as many active UNP supporters in Anuradhapura were killed in this
Above all the LTTE has been able to create a big political issue over
the assassination of the Janaka Perera as the UNP leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe has already pointed his finger at the Government. The
politicians who were trying to take advantages out of this assassination
are taking the coffin of this one time Army officer amidst objections
from the his own sons and daughters.
Therefore, the LTTE has created a scenario for the politicians to
fight each other at a time they are expected to unite for the sake of
the country realizing the obvious fact that there is no other element
other than the LTTE to commit such a brutal act of this nature by
deploying a suicide cadre.
This time they could not find the head of the suicide cadre as the
entire body of this suicide cadre except for his legs below the knee has
been shattered into pieces as a large quantity of explosives have been
used for the suicide jacket.
The only clue about the suicide bomber can be found through the video
footage shot by the Sirasa and MTV correspondent in Anuradhapura Rashmi
Mohammed’s video camera. Rashmi Mohammed who sustained injuries in this
blast succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to Anuradhapura
hospital along with his father and mother lawyers Mr. and Mrs. Hameed.
Police teams are investigating to ascertain details about the suicide
cadre. Their investigations should be aimed at tracing the people who
had assisted the suicide cadre in accomplishing his target as that will
help prevent incidents of this nature at a crucial point in the country.
This country has already experienced situations in which the LTTE has
made use of volatile situations of this nature to accomplish their
terror plans. On all these occasions the politicians had hair splitting
arguments to prove that their main opponents were behind such
assassinations but ultimately it was the LTTE which had always been
behind those assassinations.
Therefore, all politicians who are trying to point a finger at the
Government for the incident must realise the fact that they have already
fallen victim to the LTTE’s trap at this decisive moment when the
country is at the doorstep of victory against the LTTE.
The LTTE has given a signal that they will not spare any politician
whether they are from the Government or from the Opposition.
In yesterday’s incident in Boralesgamuwa, a female LTTE suicide cadre
attempted to take the life of Minister Maitiripala Sirisena after
jumping into the path of his motorcade while returning from the Vap
Magul ceremony in Bandaragama.
Therefore, all politicians should shed their political differences to
unite against the LTTE at this decisive moment in which the Security
Forces are poised to defeat the LTTE in their strongholds.
The country witnessed these unfortunate incidents as fierce fighting
erupted on all three major battlefronts in the Wanni liberation
operation within the past few days as continued resistance came from the
LTTE toward the troops now awaiting to the final push against the LTTE
now dominating Kilinochchi.
As mentioned in this column earlier the Kilinochchi town which was
considered the so-called Tiger capital has already been abandoned by the
civilians as they have moved out of the town with the troops reaching
towards the outskirts of Kilinochchi town.
The Tiger leadership continued to pour their cadres into these three
major battles in Kilinochchi in the East and west of Akkarayankulam, on
the Nachchikuda front and on the Mullaitivu front taking maximum use of
their reserve battalions as they are aware that no other battles will be
left for them to defend their so-called Tamil Eelam after their defeat
Now the ground has already been prepared for the final battle in
Kilinochchi with the LTTE mounting counter attacks to push back the
troops from their defences. Troops attached to the 572 Brigade which was
under the command of Colonel Senerath Bandara is now operating just one
and half Kilometres from the south west of Kilinochchi.
The 572 Brigade has now been taken over by Lt. Colonel Dhammika
Jayasundera as Colonel Senerath Bandara is due to visit India for a
Senior Command course.
The 8 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Battalion under the Command of Lt.
Colonel Epsitha Dissanayaka was able to capture a 300 metre stretch of
the huge earth bund that has been constructed by the LTTE from east to
west from Iranamadu to north west of Akkarayanakulam side.
Troops detected this earth bund last week as they were advancing
along Akkarayan Murikkandi road. This earth bund is separated from the
earth bund that has been constructed from Nachchikuda to Akkarayankulam.
This new earth bund has been constructed north of Akkarayankulam from
east to west direction to cover the Kilinochchi front.
In Monday’s fighting 17 LTTE cadres were confirmed killed and nine
others reportedly injured. There were three waves of Tiger cadres to
push back the troops from the earth bund but they failed in all their
attempts as troops are strongly holding this stretch of the earth bund.
The LTTE continued to launch gas attacks targeting the troops. Amidst
such resistance troops are poised to further expand their areas along
this newly captured earth bund which stretches for nearly 10 to 11
Troops from the 4 Sinha Regiment under the command of Lt. Colonel
Subashana Welikala and the 3 Gajaba Regiment under the command of
Sanjeewa Fernando are ready to link up with the 8 SLII troops to further
expand the control over this earth bund amidst heavy resistance from the
Meanwhile, the 571 Brigade under the command of Colonel G.V.
Ravipriya also operating in the West of Akkarayankulam, is posing a
major threat to the LTTE.
The newly formed 574 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Senaka
Wijesuriya and 573 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel Prathap
Thillekeratne are holding the ground parallel to the Jaffna - Kandy A-9
road from Mankulam to Murikandy in the south of Iranamadu.
The LTTE has not been given any room to operate on this stretch of
A-9 road though troops have not taken control of the road. The 7 Sri
Lanka Light Infantry battalion operating in Kokavil area destroyed a
canter truck carrying 17 Tiger cadres when it was about to turn into the
The LTTE has also booby trapped and laid heavy mine fields preventing
troops from reaching the A-9 road as they are aware that there will be
deadly effects on them if they leave the A-9 road for free movements of
With troops attached the 57 Division heading towards Kilinochchi
troops attached to the 58 Division under the command of Brigadier
Shavendra Silva have made progress in the north-east of Nachchikuda.
Troops are advancing further North of Karambakulam earth bund facing
stiff resistance from the LTTE.
The 58 Division has further expanded their control over this ditch
cum earth bund in Kambivelliyavillu, Pandiveddiaru and Maniyankulam
From the earth bund troops have advanced four Kilometres Northwards
and are operating just 10 Kilometres off Pooneryn in their bid to open
another gateway to Jaffna.
During the week that ended on Wednesday the troops attached to the 58
Division has got confirmation that 74 Tiger cadres have been killed on
The LTTE is pumping cadres to this front as they are aware that
losing this vital ground will deprive them of logistics support from the
South Indian coast.
Intelligence reports indicate that the LTTE is still receiving vital
arms and ammunition stocks from the remaining stretch of coastal area in
the North Western coast despite strengthening Naval operations in this
vital section of the coast close to Valaipadu area.
Fierce fighting erupted in the Mullaitivu front as troops
continuously engaged with the LTTE along the 12 Kilometres stretch of
front in this sector. Fierce fighting erupted in the Mullaitivu front on
Wednesday too from 2 pm with troops engaging Tiger defences.
Army victoriously marches into 60th year
Army Commander Lt. Commander Sarath Fonseka initiated the 59th
anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Army at the annual flag
blessing ceremony at the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi last Saturday. This might
be one of most victorious anniversaries the Sri Lanka Army has ever
celebrated in its 59 years of existence after transforming itself from a
ceremonial Army into fully fledged Army.
The Sri Lanka Army has vividly shown to the entire world about its
capability to tame what the world considered the most ruthless terrorist
outfit in the world at a time world super powers are making efforts to
eradicate terrorism from the globe with their sophisticated and
state-of-the art weaponry. The strength of the Army has risen to 160,000
compared to 15,000 at the inception of the Tiger movement in the early
The Government has given its nod to increase the strength to 200,000.
That is to ensure that country will not undergo an experience of this
In this context the Army has become a tower of strength for mother
Lanka which has been suffering due to the ruthless terror acts of the
LTTE as it is engaged in a fearless fight against the outfit to free
mother Lanka and its community from terrorism.
Today, the Army is in a much stronger position having marched towards
the outskirts of Kilinochchi, after passing very many milestones from
the Mavil Aru battle in July 2006.
The LTTE must be repenting for its narrow minded action in Mavil Aru
which compelled the Security Forces to engage in humanitarian operations
to liberate masses in the East and in the Wanni from the clutches of the
They went against massive tides first to convince the common masses
that they no longer an Army with a defeatist mentality.
They were always on the victorious path from the Mavil Aru battle and
proved their capabilities to defeat guerrilla movement in jungle
terrains in Thoppigala and now in Wanni.
The LTTE’s targeting of the Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka
inside the Army Headquarters, gave determination and courage for the
troops of the Sri Lanka Army to defeat the LTTE.
They have taken up that challenge vigorously and effectively and they
are challenging Velupillai Prabhakaran at their doorstep in Kilinochchi.
Keep up that strength forever until you eliminate terrorism from the
That is the wish of the Sri Lankan community and their blessings are
with the Sri Lanka Army and will never forget the heroes of this soil
who sacrificed their lives and limbs to make the country’s future a
bright one at the time the Army is celebrating the 59th anniversary.